|Role||Single-seat light monoplane|
|Manufacturer||Hendy Aircraft Company|
The Hendy 281 Hobo was a British single-seat light monoplane designed by Basil B. Henderson and built by the Hendy Aircraft Company at Shoreham Airport in 1929. Only one aircraft was built, registered G-AAIG, and first flown in October 1929 by Edgar Percival.
It was a small low-wing cantilever monoplane with a fixed tailskid landing gear and powered by a 35 hp ABC Motors Scorpion II engine. It was rebuilt in 1934 with a 90 hp Pobjoy Cataract, mass balance ailerons and a modified landing gear.
Under the ownership of Lord Patrick Stuart it was entered in many races in the 1930s and in 1934 won a race between Hatfield and Cardiff at 125.4 miles per hour (201.8 km/h). In the summer months of 1935 the Hendy Hobo was operated out of Hall Caine Airport, Isle of Man. Under the control of Flight lieutenant R. Duncanson, a former Chief Flying Instructor at the London Air Park and who had recently set up a flying school at Hall Caine. The Hendy Hobo captivated visitors and locals alike by performing a series of aerobatics over Ramsey Bay.
On 30 August 1940 it was destroyed by German bombing at Lympne Aerodrome.
- Crew: 1
- Length: 19 ft 6 in ( m)
- Wingspan: 32 ft 0 in ( m)
- Gross weight: 650 lb ( kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Pobjoy Cataract, 90 hp ( kW)
- Maximum speed: 130 mph ( km/h)
- The Ramsey Courier. Friday August 2nd, 1935 (p.4).